"It's not a career": Platform work among young people aged 16-19

PhD Thesis

Galfalvi, E. 2024. "It's not a career": Platform work among young people aged 16-19. PhD Thesis University of Derby International Centre for Guidance Studies https://doi.org/10.48773/q472v
AuthorsGalfalvi, E.
TypePhD Thesis

In the online gig economy, or platform work as it is sometimes known, work can be organised through websites and smartphone apps. People can drive for Uber or Deliveroo, sell items on eBay or Etsy, or rent their properties on Airbnb.

This research examines the views of young people between the ages of 16 and 19 in the United Kingdom to see whether they knew about the online gig economy, whether they were using it already to earn money, and whether they expected to use it for their careers. It discovers careers professionals’ levels of knowledge, and their ability (and desire) to include the gig economy in their professional practice.

This research contributes to discussions about what constitutes decent work, and whether it can be found within the online gig economy. The results point to ways in which careers practice could include platform work as a means of extending young people’s knowledge about alternative forms of work. This study also makes a theoretical contribution to literature, bringing together elements of careership, cognitive schema theory, and motivational theory and psychology of working theory, in a novel combination, to explain how young people were thinking about platform work in the context of their careers.

Keywordscareers; career development; gig economy; platform work; careership; young people; career schema
PublisherCollege of Arts, Humanities and Education, University of Derby
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.48773/q472v
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Deposited15 Feb 2024
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Galfalvi, Esther, Hooley, Tristram and Neary, S. 2020. Are young people aged 16-19 using or expecting to use the gig economy for their careers. Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling. 45 (1), pp. 1-7. https://doi.org/10.20856/jnicec.4505